I was literally sickened by some news from earlier this week.
I had read that a red tailed hawk that had a nest on a New York apartment building was "evicted". After living in the city for 13 yrs and nesting on the building for ten, the owners saw fit to tear the nest down.
Sometimes I really don't get "humanity". We were given this chance to be graced with this creatures' presence and we have shunned this gift.
While red tailed hawks are not endangered, Pale Male (named due to white coloring) was the first hawk to take up residence in the big apple. A female hawk named First Love was the second, lured in by Pale Male. First Love was accidentaly killed but later was replaced by a new female, Lola. Now Pale Male and Lola are lookin for a new place to live. What a shame...
Predators are considered an indicator species for the health of an ecosystem. With the return of large raptors to NYC it should be considered a positive sign. What did we do, despite our knowledge about the overall decline in all species, we fuck it up as usual.
Outrage over Pale Male's eviction NEW YORK (Reuters) -- "He was a movie star who resided on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side, drawing a devoted crowd of followers who gathered daily to catch a glimpse of him.
But on Tuesday, that star -- a famous red-tailed hawk known as Pale Male who built his nest above a cornice of an apartment building overlooking Central Park and was the subject of a documentary movie -- was evicted.
The nest where Pale Male and his companions had resided since 1993 was removed along with the metal spikes that provided support for the nest and protected it from the wind."
PBS has a fairly large site dedicated to the hawks. PBS NATURE Pale Male and VIDEO
Even Rush Limbaugh had to spout off.
The hawks are currently trying to rebuild their nest.
Through the NYC Audubon you can sign a petition to allow the birds to rebuild. There are links to the co-op board of the building as well.